Wildlife

Goats

Cheddar's goats

Cheddar's goats

We use an unpaid workforce to keep the scrub at bay, a herd of free-roaming feral goats.

Soay sheep

Look out for the rare breed Saoy Sheep

Along with the goats, look out for Soay sheep roaming the hills.

They're a hardy, ancient rare breed that's native to Britain.

And they're really nimble and cling to the cliff edges. See if you can spot them.

The Whitebeams of Cheddar Gorge

Watch this fascinating 10 minute film to discover more about how three new species of trees were discovered on Cheddar Gorge.

As Mark Courtiour, National Trust Somerset Countryside Manager, said: 'We always wondered what whitebeam rarities might be lurking in the gorge as it's such a stunning place for wildlife'.

Horseshoe bats

Lesser Horshoe Bat

Both Greater and Lesser horseshoe bats roost in Cheddar Gorge.

Both species are considered to be endangered, with their numbers still declining.

Look out for them at dusk as they shoot in and out of the caves.

Cheddar pink

Cheddar pink

Cheddar pink

The famous Cheddar pink and other rare plants, like rock stonecrop, grow on the cliff edges. Look out for the rock rose and herbs such as thyme, wild basil and marjoram on the lower slopes. In hot weather you're likely to smell them before you spot them.

Birdlife

Peregrine in flight

Peregrine in flight

Many species of bird can be found at Cheddar Gorge, including the Peregrine falcon, buzzard, kestrel and raven. Also listen out for jackdaws, one of the noisier residents.

Peregrine falcons - the world's fastest bird in flight - and other birds of prey nest on the steep cliffs of the valley.

The dormouse

Dormouse asleep in it's nest

A thick cover of hazel and oak coppice takes over from the grassland as you descend the gorge from its upper slopes.

It's in here that one of our most endearing British mammals has made its home.

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